Small Hei Matau Barbed
Small Hei Matau Barbed
Small Hei Matau Barbed
Small Hei Matau Barbed
Small Hei Matau Barbed

Small Hei Matau Barbed

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The Hei Matau, crafted from New Zealand greenstone, offers protection and good luck. Embodying the bond with the sea, the Hei Matau pendant brings strength and ensures safe journeys. Its authentic barbed fish hook design captures the essence of this connection. 

Durability: While pounamu (greenstone) is celebrated for its robustness, its dense nature makes it vulnerable to shock. Handle with care to maintain its integrity.

Protection: Avoid placing or wearing your pounamu on hard surfaces where it might get chipped.

Wear Often: Wear your pounamu frequently to enhance its shine with your natural skin oils. The cord is durable but will naturally wear over time.

Cleaning: Simply use a soft, damp cloth and mild soap for your pounamu. Beeswax or coconut oil can also be applied to moisturise the stone. Avoid harsh chemicals, as they may harm its surface.

NZ Delivery: Free delivery within NZ (1-2 days)

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Returns: easy returns within 5 working days. Please contact us on hello@arrowtownstonework.co.nz 

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Hei Matau

The Hei Matau is carved in the shape of a stylised fishhook. It represents strength, prosperity, fertility, good luck, and safe travel over water. Traditionally, it served as a good luck charm while fishing and voyaging.

A good luck charm while fishing and voyaging across water.

The Hei Matau symbolises a vital connection to te moana (the sea), embodying protection and prosperity in travel. Its origin comes from the Māori legend of Maui, who caught the North Island (‘Te Ika a Maui’) with a hook made from his grandmother’s jawbone. Wearing the Hei Matau signifies a deep bond with the ocean, embodying strength, prosperity, and well-being.

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We respect your choice and do not bless our finished pounamu pieces. However, we encourage those who purchase to consider blessing it before gifting. Please see the answer below regarding "How can I bless pounamu."

Blessing pounamu is a personal choice often associated with gifting to someone close. Seek guidance from a Kaumatua or local Marae for traditional practices. Alternatively, you can honor tradition by cleansing the pounamu in a river or stream with a karakia (prayer), or by blessing it with the recipient to share your intentions. These methods allow for meaningful engagement with pounamu according to personal beliefs and connections.

Yes, you can buy pounamu for yourself without cultural taboo. In Māori history, pounamu was both a cherished gift and a traded commodity among tribes, symbolizing honor, respect, and enduring value. Whether purchased or received, owning a pounamu taonga carries deep spiritual significance, enhancing personal mana (spiritual life force) and connecting past traditions with the present. Whether for yourself or as a gift to friends or loved ones, the choice that feels meaningful to you is important.

Each river-tumbled pounamu bracelet is uniquely shaped and colored, showcasing its natural beauty. During checkout, you can leave a note for our whānau specifying your preferences for the bracelet's shape or color, and we'll do our best to accommodate your request.

Each Māori design carries unique cultural significance:

  • Koru: New beginnings, growth, harmony
  • Toki: Strength, resilience, wisdom
  • Pounamu Bracelet: Connection, protection, unity
  • Hei Matau: Prosperity, strength, safe journeys
  • Pikorua: Aroha (love), enduring bonds, life's cycles
  • Roimata: Healing, empathy, connection
  • Porowhita: Life cycle, harmony, interconnectedness
  • Whale’s Tail & Niho: Guardianship, intelligence, aroha
  • Manaia & Breastplate: Protection, balance, resilience

Each item purchased comes with its own individual meaning card. Learn more about their stories and meanings here.

Each pounamu pendant or bracelet is carefully packaged with its meaning and care cards to ensure it arrives in perfect condition. Your purchase includes:

  • An individual meaning card explaining the cultural significance of the chosen design
  • A care card with instructions on maintaining your pounamu
  • A protective linen eco pouch for bracelets or a certified eco box for pendants
  • Secure packaging in a recyclable shipping box made from recycled materials

Upgrades and Additional Options:

You can add these upgrades on the product page:

  • Gift Wrapping: Optional gift wrapping with a personal handwritten tag.
  • Kete Packaging: Display your pounamu in a traditional kete (flax basket).

Yes, we offer a re-binding service for your treasured pendant or bracelet using expertly hand-woven binding. Renew your valued piece by purchasing our re-binding services here and sending it to our Arrowtown workshop.

If you have a special request for your engraving that isn't covered in the standard options, such as additional characters or a unique symbol, please contact us via email at hello@arrowtownstonework.co.nz.

We will do our best to accommodate your personalised pounamu request

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